Glenelg improved to 9-0 in the county (10-0 overall) with a convincing 54-12 win at Centennial Thursday night, but the Eagles (1-8, 3-15) left an impression in the last three bouts.
After Centennial's Nick Shearin (160) briefly gave his team a 3-0 lead by defeating rival Troy Walter, 3-1, in the opening bout, the Gladiators rattled off 10 straight wins — including pins by Matt Baxter (182), Austin Twigg (195), Sean Twigg (285), Zack Shackelford (126) and Michael Budock (132), plus three forfeits — to build an insurmountable, 54-3 lead.
The last three bouts of the match featured the most intriguing match-ups, as each pair of wrestlers was ranked top-six in the Howard County rankings.
First, at 138, freshman Austin Kraisser defeated Glenelg's top-ranked senior Ryan Carter, 4-2, avenging a loss from the War on the Shore tournament in early December. Kraisser, who was recently named Outstanding Lowerweight at the Franklin Invitational, hasn't lost a match since the War on the Shore tournament, which opened the season.
Then, at 145, Eagles junior Hutson Baumann defeated Glenelg junior Austin Pagnotta, 10-6. Pagnotta caught Baumann in his dangerous cradle, but Baumann escaped the pinning maneuver to secure the victory. Last year Pagnotta was a county finalist and regional champion, while Baumann placed fourth in the county.
Finally, at 145, Centennial junior Sameh Boulos defeated Glenelg junior Joe Zoller, 2-1, on a last second takedown. After two scoreless periods, Zoller escaped with 45 seconds remaining in the final period. But with less than ten seconds remaining, Boulos countered a Zoller shot and was awarded the winning two points with only one second left on the clock.
Zoller had been ranked No. 2 coming into the match. Boulos, who finished 15-15 last year and placed fourth at the county tournament, was ranked No. 4 coming into the match. After Thursday night's win, he is now 21-2, including a third place finish at the Franklin Invitational.
Glenelg will host River Hill (9-0, 22-3) on Feb. 1 in a match that should decide the regular season Howard County champion.
Glenelg 54, Centennial 12
160: Nick Shearin (C) dec. Troy Walter (G), 3-1. [0-3]
170: Austin Pagnotta (G) dec. Bradley Fasulo (C), 10-3. [3-3]
182: Matt Baxter (G) pin Joey Shapiro (C), 4:58. [9-3]
195: Austin Twigg (G) pin Steven Wysocki (C), :59. [15-3]
220: Craig Burris (G) wbf. [21-3]
285: Sean Twigg (G) pin Tyler Boettcher (C), :46. [27-3]
106: Tim Null (G) wbf. [33-3]
113: Christopher Winter (G) dec. Matthew Nickell (C), 6-5. [36-3]
120: Parker Griffie (G) wbf. [42-3]
126: Zack Shackelford (G) pin Sam Routt (C), 1:22. [48-3]
132: Michael Budock (G) pin Cody Vergel de Dios (C), 4:28. [54-3]
138: Austin Kraisser (C) dec. Ryan Carter (G), 4-2. [54-6]
145: Hutson Baumann (C) dec. Austin Pagnotta (G), 10-6. [54-9]
152: Sameh Boulos (C) dec. Joseph Zoller (G), 2-1. [54-12]
Around the league
The Hawks, still undefeated in league competition, withstood a tough test at Wilde Lake Thursday night, prevailing 45-29.
Noah Polonsky (120, major) and Ethan Eckley (126, pin) staked the Wildecats to a 10-0 lead, but then River Hill's Lee Carter (132) dealt a major blow for the Hawks by upsetting Wilde Lake's Jordan Trinh, a 2012 county finalist, 2-1. Coming into the match, Trinh was ranked No. 2 while Carter, who recently won a Franklin Invitational championship, was ranked No. 3. In last year's 120-pound county semifinal round, Trinh defeated Carter, 3-0.
After a forfeit at 138, Wilde Lake expanded its lead to 17-9 after back-to-back wins by Tyler Anderson (145, decision) and Malik Jackson (152, major). River Hill gained ground by scoring pins in two of the next three bouts — by Casey Guthier (160) and Brian Kirby (182) — but Tola Morakinyo's pin at 170 allowed the Wildecats to keep the lead with only five bouts left.
But after back-to-back pins by undefeated Franklin Invitational champions Cory Daniel (195) and Logan Kirby (220), River Hill had finally taken a commanding lead at 33-23.
The Wildecats (6-4, 20-8) did score one more impressive victory at 285, when Ne'co Jones pinned Justin Nestor with 60 seconds remaining in their match. But a pin by River Hill's Matt Shealy (106) ended any possibility of a Wilde Lake upset.
River Hill 45, Wilde Lake 29
120: Noah Polonsky (WL) maj. Ryan Erskine (RH), 9-1. [0-4]
126: Ethan Eckley (WL) pin Colin Altman (RH), 3:49. [0-10]
132: Lee Carter (RH) dec. Jordan Trinh (WL), 2-1. [3-10]
138: Sean Guthier (RH) wbf. [9-10]
145: Tyler Anderson (WL) dec. Patrick Gover (RH), 8-1. [9-13]
152: Malik Jackson (WL) maj. Donovan Delore (RH), 20-8. [9-17]
160: Casey Guthier (RH) pin Adam Glass (WL), 1:26. [15-17]
170: Akintola Marakinyo (WL) pin Sebastian Ames (RH), 4:58. [15-23]
182: Brian Kirby (RH) pin Xavier Franks (WL), 2:25. [21-23]
195: Cory Daniel (RH) pin Nathanael Haase (WL), 4:45. [27-23]
220: Logan Kirby (RH) pin Jonathan Pearlman (WL), :50. [33-23]
285: Ne'co Jones (WL) pin Justin Nestor (RH), 5:00. [33-29]
106: Matt Shealy (RH) pin Adam McNeil (WL), 1:03. [39-23]
113: Taariq Mohammed (RH) wbf. [45-23]
Marriotts Ridge raced to a 22-9 lead after wins by Lyle Fugate (170, major), Cody Banner (182, pin), Chris Park (195, pin) and Ryan Austin (285, pin). But the Vikings fought back with pins by Ryan Hassan (220), Josh Kendrick (106), Jeff Hayden (113) and Brandon Wilson (120) to reclaim the lead, 27-22.
The resilient Mustangs regained the lead, 32-31, after back-to-back wins by Zach Moody (132, pin) and Sam Dietmyer (138, major). But Mt. Hebron's two best wrestlers — sophomore Connor Strunk (145) and Joe Kendrick (152) — closed out the victory with back-to-back pins.
Mt. Hebron 43, Marriotts Ridge 32
160: Nick Lucchesi (MH) dec. Michael Min (MR), 11-8. [3-0]
170: Lyle Fugate (MR) maj. Alex Hanson (MH), 12-2. [3-4]
182: Cody Banner (MR) pin Andrew Ansaldi (MH), 1:03. [3-10]
195: Chris Park (MR) pin Austin Day (MH), 3:07. [3-16]
220: Ryan Hassan (MH) pin Alex Zaldo (MR), 2:42. [9-16]
285: Ryan Austin (MR) pin Nicholas Suri (MH), 2:21. [9-22]
106: Josh Kendrick (MH) pin Romtin Habibi (MR), 3:44. [15-22]
113: Jeff Hayden (MH) pin Ryan Allwein (MR), :35. [21-22]
120: Brandon Wilson (MH) pin Will Parks (MR), 3:30. [27-22]
126: Steven Sung (MH) maj. Austin Seaman (MR), 13-2. [31-22]
132: Zach Moody (MR) pin Alexander Bisant (MH), 4:59. [31-28]
138: Sam Deitemyer (MR) maj. Jake Norton (MH), 14-4. [31-32]
145: Connor Strunk (MH) pin Spencer Wyatt (MR), 5:20. [37-22]
152: Joe Kendrick (MH) pin Ben Switlick (MR), 2:24. [43-22]
MIAA B Conference
Glenelg Country earned its third conference win of its inaugural season, defeating Friends, 40-30, but also sustained a loss to Severn, 54-24, in the double dual.
Sam Smith (120, pin, forfeit), Matt Campbell (126, pin, forfeit) and Reid Chaconas (132, two pins) were all double winners for the Dragons.
Severn 54, Glenelg Country School 24
106: Brooks Watson (Se) wbf.
113: Michael Doetsch (Se) pin Adam Bothwell (GC), 2:15.
120: Sam Smith (GC) pin Nick Floyd (Se), 2:53.
126: Matt Campbell (GC) pin Andrew Destefano (Se), 3:32.
132: Reid Chaconas (GC) pin Jordan Leikin (Se), 3:30.
138: Mathew Claycomb (Se) dec. Eric Wootton (GC), 14-7.
145: Daniel Medcalf (Se) pin Tucker Clay (GC), 3:45.
152: Eddie Howlette (GC) pin Cortez Wilson (Se), 3:50.
160: Alex Kostiuk (Se) wbf.
170: Ryan Lamon (Se) pin Jon Jones (GC), :34.
182: Tyler Perreten (Se) dec. Demetrius Ravenell (GC), 9-2.
195: Braden Nelligan (Se) wbf.
220: Brian Destefano (Se) wbf.
285: Chris Nguyen (Se) wbf.
Glenelg Country School 40, Friends 30
113: Adam Bothwell (GC) wbf.
120: Sam Smith (GC) wbf.
126: Matt Campbell (GC) wbf.
132: Ken Kim (GC) wbf.
138: Reid Chaconas (GC) pin Artem Dayrabekov (Fr), 1:33.
145: Eric Wootton (GC) maj. Ben Sitzer (Fr), 21-7.
152: Zach Spawn (Fr) wbf.
160: Devon diFilippi (Fr) wbf.
170: John McGagh (Fr) pin Jon Jones (GC), 1:53.
182: Avery Daniels (Fr) wbf.
195: Demetrius Ravenell (GC) pin Sam McNear (Fr), 1:04.
220: double forfeit.
285: double forfeit.
106: Noah Hirschbein (Fr) wbf.